Consigned to auction by Parker himself with letter of provenance!1967 Wes Parker Gold Glove Award. He was named to the Major League Baseball All-Time Gold Glove team in 2007, the most decorated first baseman in the trophy's history with a six-season streak of dominance (1967-72) to his credit. Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Walt Alston stated it unequivocally: "Wes Parker is the best fielding first baseman in the history of baseball." With 10,380 chances in nine seasons at the first sack, Parker committed just forty-five errors for a staggering fielding percentage of .996. He remains one of the most beloved figures from the late 1960's/early 1970's era of Dodgers baseball.
Presented is the first of those six Gold Glove Awards claimed by Parker, consigned to this Platinum Night auction by the man himself, with his letter of provenance. The time-tested design finds a photographic portrait of the superstar infielder on a mounted plaque above another engraved, "1B - Wes Parker, The Sporting News 1967, National League All-Star Fielding Team." The eponymous gold glove, in proper southpaw format, rests atop the display, flanked by a pair of golden baseballs.
General handling wear is evident, with some fading to the photographic component, but the overall aesthetics remain very strong, and the great historical relevance of the first Gold Glove direct from the position's most honored practitioner is unimpeachable. Letter of provenance from Wes Parker.
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